225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
Pinch of salt
2g (½ handful) dried lavender flower heads
55g (2oz) Butter
25g (1oz) Caster Sugar
150ml (5fl oz) Milk
Preheat oven to Gas 7/425F/220C
Mix flour, salt and lavender together then add butter together into a bowl and then rub in the butter or margarine gently with your finger tips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Make a well in the centre and stir in milk to make a fairly soft dough.
Turn onto a floured board and knead very slightly until smooth.
Pat out to a 2cm (¾ ) thickness and cut into rounds using a 2 (5cm) scone cutter. Lightly knead dough together and make more socnes. Brush scones with milk.
Place scones on a baking sheet and bake towards the top of a pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes, until brown and well risen. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
Thornbury Castle, Thornbury, South Gloucs, BS35 1HH Te No 01454 281182
How about having an afternoon tea in a castle, Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire, as listed in afternoontea.co.uk
According to the Hotel, Kings and queens have stayed here. Courtiers have flirted with ladies-in-waiting in the ancient yew-hedged gardens. Serving girls have chattered in the stone-flagged courtyard. Today, Thornbury Castle still resonates with history and is the only Tudor castle in England to be open as a hotel… and it’s only 15 minutes from the M5.
However, step behind the heavy oak doors and you’ll find a magnificent hotel with roaring fires, delicious modern cuisine and sumptuous bedchambers a truly special setting for an overnight stay, a weekend away or for more formal occasions.
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once walked these rooms and grounds. Today, the 500 year-old castle-palace with its beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall and historic parkland is yours for the duration of your stay. There has even been a vineyard within the castle walls for over 500 years, from which Thornbury Castle wine is still produced.
Enjoy a regal night’s sleep in the Duke’s Bedchamber where King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn slept or favour the Gloucester Bedchamber and wake up to a view of the oldest Tudor gardens in England – the Privy Garden and Goodly Garden.